Ms. Wejman

October 28th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 31st

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 31st-November 3rd

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

Because Thursday is the last day of the quarter, the fourth graders will be working on their final reading project of the quarter.  Just like the mid-quarter project, they will complete a book cover using the reading skills that have been practiced through the first nine weeks of the school year.  Instead of creating the book cover for Whipping Boy, they will pick one of the guided reading books that they have read.  Skills that will be assessed include character trait, inference, main idea, theme, and summarizing.

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

The fourth graders will spend the first two days of the week practicing geometry skills.  They will identify properties of quadrilaterals on Monday and lines of symmetry on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, the students will take the Chapter 4 Test.  Math skills assessed on Wednesday include creating arrays, factors, multiples, area, converting hours to minutes, multiplicative comparative problems, properties of triangles and quadrilaterals, identifying lines of symmetry, and multiplication.  On Thursday, the students will take a cumulative math test.  Concepts assessed include place value, adding and subtracting multiple digit numbers, perimeter, and solving word problems.

 

Writing: Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

With the new month, the students will be introduced to the new genre of opinion writing.  They will begin by generating a list of issues that they have a strong opinion about.  As the week continues, they will use prior knowledge to brainstorm what they know about this issue.  The students will be introduced to the different components of opinion writing.  The students will learn that a strong introduction begins with a “hook.” To help the writers begin with a strong hook, they will read opinion writing samples with effective hooks.  The writers will end the week with writing their opinion piece introductions.  Ask your fourth grader what issue they are interested in writing about as their opinion writing topic.

 

Report Card Pick Up

Report Card pick up is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th.  Appointments will be scheduled from 12-6PM in ten minute increments.  Please complete and return the bottom portion of this note to identify your top three preferred conference times.  Conference times will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America and South America due.

Read for 30 minutes.  Letters from Europe and Africa due. Read for 30 minutes.  Letters from Asia and Australia due. Read for 30 mintues.
Math Homelink 2.11 Homelink 2.12 Homelink 2.13 Math Homework Due

 

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Student Name: ________________________________________________________________________

Parent Name: ________________________________________________________________________

Preferred Conference Time: 1.__________ 2._________ 3._______

 

October 21st, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 24th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 24th-28th

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

The fourth graders will continue to practice multiplication by converting minutes to seconds and hours to minutes.  They will also solve word problems involving multiplication and addition comparative statements.  All fourth graders should know which operation to use when solving a word problem.  We will end the week with identifying properties of triangles.  The fourth graders should know the difference between an acute, right, and obtuse triangle.

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

The students will review summarizing the text.  The fourth graders should know that when summarizing the text, they should include the who, what, where, whey, and when of the text that they are reading.  Please practice summarizing text with your fourth grader at home.

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Because it is the last week of October, this week’s response to the prompt will be graded as a final draft.   Throughout the month, the fourth graders became acclimated to the PARCC narrative writing rubric and graded their writing with it.  For the final draft, the fourth grade narrative writing rubric will be used.  Topics graded include writing a strong introduction and conclusion, using transitional words, writing with description, using dialogue, and writing with the appropriate fourth grade conventions.

 

Dismissal

Because the fourth graders leave Ray at 3:45 in a variety of ways, it is important that their way home is documented.  Please complete and return the bottom portion of this letter.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes

Letters from North America and South America

Read for 30

minutes

Letters from Europe and Africa due

 

Read for 30 minutes

Letters from Asia and Australia due

Read for 30 minutes
Math Homelink 2.7 Homelink 2.8 Homelink 2.9 Homelink 2.10 Math Homework Due

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Fourth Grader:_____________________________________________

Please check how your child will be dismissed at 3:45.

_____ Pick up by adult  _____ Afterschool Activity at Ray

_____Walk Home Alone _____ Other

Comments: __________________________________________________________________________________

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Adult Signature: ____________________________________________

October 14th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 17th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 17th-21st

 

Math: Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.

The students will begin the week with identifying multiples of numbers.  They will continue with learning the difference between a prime and composite number.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you the difference between the two.  On Wednesday, they will work on an Open Response problem.  They will learn that a conjecture is an educated guess that needs to be supported with an argument.  On Thursday, they will revise their work.  Because of the two day lesson, math homework will be due this week on Thursday.

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

The students will be identifying the main idea of the text that they are reading.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, please ask your child to identify the main idea of the text at the conclusion of their reading.

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

As the students are responding to another prompt from the sample PARCC test, they will be encouraged to use the editor’s checklist to revise their writing.  They will also use other words besides “said” when writing dialogue.  This week’s prompt requires the student to write a continuation of the story that was read.  They will also use the PARCC rubric to grade student writing samples as well as their own.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 2.4 Homelink 2.5 Homelink 2.6 Math homework due  
Reading Read for thirty minutes. Read for thirty minutes.

Letters from North America and South America due

Read for thirty minutes.

Letters from Europe and Africa due

Read for thirty minutes.

Letters from Asia and Australia due

Read for thirty minutes.

 

October 11th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 11th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 11th-14th

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

The fourth graders will begin a new unit of multiplication and geometry.  They will begin the study of multiplication through drawing arrays.  The students will identify the number of rows and columns of an array to correctly solve the multiplication number sentence.  They will know that a square number is the product of the same two numbers multiplied.  The practice with arrays will lead to the identification of the formula to find the area of a rectangle.  All of the fourth graders should know that area is found by multiplying the length and the width of a rectangle.  The fourth graders will be explicitly taught multiplication vocabulary such as product and factors.  Please have your child practice his or her multiplication facts at home.

 

Reading: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

This week, the students will be practicing making inferences in the text that they are reading.  They have been instructed that they need to use explicit text evidence with their schema (background knowledge) to make an inference.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, have them make an inference with the text that they are reading.

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

The students will begin their week with another sample passage from the PARCC test.  They will respond to a prompt which requires them to write in their own point of view.  Once again, they will look at a sample fourth grade writing sample and use the PARCC narrative writing rubric to grade it.  They will look at both conventions and narrative elements.  The fourth grade writers will be reminded that narrative elements appropriate for fourth graders include dialogue, following a plot, including a luring lead, ending in an unforgettable way, and using descriptive words.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you about the story that he or she is writing.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America, South America, and Europe due.

Read for 30 minutes. Letters from Africa, Asia, and Australia due. Read for 30 minutes.
Math   Homelink 2.1 Homelink 2.2 Homelink 2.3 Math Homework Due

 

 

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